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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Jim Ringland on Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:53 pm

Date Hiked: April 16, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Another recently-worked trail in fine shape. The section from the Ojito Saddle to Trail Spring runs through forest or old and tall shrubbery. Some parts feel like a tunnel, but it's a big, clear tunnel. Nice to encounter those sugar pines and Santa Lucia firs. The section from Trail Spring to the Coast Ridge starts out as more of the same, but opens up as the trail enters an area that burned in 2008. On this section, coulter pines add to the already interesting conifer mix.

There's no sign at the Ojito Saddle where this trail meets the Stone Ridge Trail, but there isn't much opportunity for confusion. The Ojito Trail turns brushy pretty quickly; the Stone Ridge Trail is clear and heads down to south; and the Gamboa Trail is clearly defined once past a few tens of feet of grass. If there is any doubt when coming up from the Stone Ridge Trail, aim for the big burned out stump surrounded by grass (and some chaparral nearby). The Gamboa Trail is easily picked up from there. There's no signage at the Coast Ridge Trail junction either, but all is pretty obvious. Two big, wide, well-maintained trails meet.

Camps: Trail Spring is a fairly small camp tucked in close to the trail, under oaks, madrones, bays, and maples (with sugar pines and Santa Lucia firs just outside camp but within sight). It's deep in the canyon so there's no sun before mid morning or after mid afternoon. When I arrived around 4:00 it didn't look like the camp had had much recent use. So I was a little surprised when a solo packer, with a shovel and a cross-cut saw sticking out his huge pack, came wandering down the Gamboa trail from the Coast Ridge at about 4:30. I spent a most enjoyable evening with Mike Heard. And then imagine my greater surprise when another party of two came in from the Cone Peak trail at about 5:30. We all fit, but Mike's shovel was put to good use re-flattening some old but now partly eroded bedsites. With three parties, and only four people, this camp felt full.

Water: There was a respectable flow of water right at Trail Spring Camp, but the stream is dry immediately below camp. Mike Heard suggested the water level looked now – in mid April – about like it looked in July last year. Last year the water never disappeared but it's unclear what this summer will bring.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby StevieRay on Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:38 pm

Date Hiked: April 17, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Kudos to Mike Heard and the VWA Trail Crew for restoring the stunning "Cone Peak Loop" to such a clear condition. I almost cried with delight as I traversed superb treadwork, massive log sawing, and epic brush clearing, enabling a spectacular and worry free adventure in such spectacular scenery and diverse plant communities. I'm ready to go back and hike it again. Bravo!!! I vote for keeping the Cone Peak Road closed to the public. I think the closure significantly enhances the wilderness experience in this special corner of Ventana.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Rob on Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:17 pm

Date Hiked: April 14, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked from Ojito junction with Stone Ridge Trail to Trail Spring, and conditions haven't changed -- trail was in great shape ! Water flowing at Trail Spring.

Cool and breezy on a warm day, love the Santa Lucia firs along this stretch.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby narced133 on Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:22 pm

Date Hiked: November 3, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Segment: Trail Spring Camp to Stone Ridge Trail Junction.

This section of trail was clear and in generally good shape. Water was flowing well at Trail Spring Camp.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby AdamW on Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:31 pm

Date Hiked: October 1, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: North Coast Ridge Trail to Trail Springs Camp/ Cone Peak Trail Junction

Clear with brush in spots and sloping tread.

Water was flowing lightly at Trail Spring Camp.

Section: Trail Spring Camp/ Cone Peak Trail Junction to Ojito Saddle/ Stone Ridge Trail Junction

Clear, and I'll go out on a limb and classify parts of this trail as Wilderness Freeway. It's a quite nice even section.

No brush and some sloping/ uneven tread where some sections have been shored up. A little poison oak on the edges of the trail that may start to encroach in coming years.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby mikesplain on Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:40 pm

Date Hiked: June 13, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Section: NCRT to Trail Spring Camp-
clear, with a little off-camber tread & a tree or 2 to duck under

Section: Trail Spring Camp to Ojito Saddle-
clear & wide open, a fantastic, well-engineered route through old-growth sugar pine / Santa Lucia Fir / canyon live oak forest.
encountered a saprophytic phantom orchid (Cephalanthera austinae) near Trail Spring
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby C M Heard on Fri May 11, 2012 11:09 am

Date Hiked: May 3, 2012
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

With apologies for not keeping the condition of this trail updated ... as noted here http://www.ventanawild.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=855#p4453 we got the large deadfalls cleared out early in January and as noted here http://www.ventanawild.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=886#p4677 we got the remaining storm damage early in February. We've been keeping it that way during subsequent ACE crew hitches, so the entire length of the trail is clear.

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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby C M Heard on Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:29 pm

Segment: NCRT Junction to Trail Spring Camp
Date Hiked: December 14, 2011
Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

As reported below, all deadfalls and obstacles from the recent wind event have been cleared. The tread of course still needs work, though most of it is in better shape than that of typical Ventana trails, and a few stepover logs that have been there for a long time still remain.

Segment: Trail Spring Camp to Ojito Saddle
Date Hiked: December 14, 2011
Condition: Difficult (many deadfalls)

Approximately 20 trees of substantial size (requiring a crosscut saw to clear) came down on this segment of the trail during the recent wind event, along with a similar number of small trees or pieces of dead brush that can be cleared with a small hand saw. Two of the downed trees are large pines (greater than 2' in diameter), with a lot of encroaching branches and foliage, and one is a dead oak standing nearly vertically on the trail. Although several green trees were uprooted, none were below the trail, and there is only minimal damage to the tread. Here is a picture of one of the large downed pines:

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Downed pine tree on lower Gamboa Trail
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby trolleypup on Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:11 pm

Date Hiked: December 12, 2011
General Condition: Wilderness Freeway (Heavily used and well maintained)

From NCRT to Trail Spring Camp:

All deadfall (from the recent windstorm) removed...about 20 logs. No brush is encroaching, poison oak is minimal.

Trail is virtually a wilderness freeway, lacking only some tread issues.
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Re: Gamboa Trail

Postby Guest on Thu Nov 17, 2011 11:49 pm

Date Hiked: November 17, 2011
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The trail has been cleared. ACE crews will start using it next week instead of Cone Pk. B E Williams

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